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Jiuquan, China (XNA) Nov 14, 2019
China sent a new remote sensing satellite into planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Wednesday. The Jilin-1 Gaofen 02A, which belongs to the Jilin-1 satellite family, was launched by Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A), a carrier rocket at 11:40 a.m. (Beijing Time). KZ-1A is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short preparation peri
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Seoul (AFP) Nov 14, 2019
US military exercises with South Korea could be scaled back to aid diplomacy with the nuclear-armed North, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on his way to Seoul, as Pyongyang said it was running out of patience. The North has long protested joint military drills, which it condemns as preparations for invasion, and has set Washington an end-of-year deadline to come up with a new offer in dead
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Brussels (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
The EU needs to boost space funding and improve its strategy to compete with military superpowers and smaller upstarts, a panel of experts told MEPs on Tuesday. The experts, including from the UN and the European Commission, said an estimated 60 percent of the world's economy depends directly or indirectly on "space tools" like satellite imaging, tracking and internet connectivity. The E
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Washington (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday slammed as "unacceptable" recent remarks on NATO by French leader Emmanuel Macron, who claimed the alliance was experiencing "brain death" and deplored Turkey's actions in Syria. Hosting his counterpart in the Oval Office, US President Donald Trump said Erdogan was "very disappointed in the statement made by France" regarding NATO. "I thin
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Brasilia (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
China is increasingly part of Brazil's future, President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday, signaling a more pragmatic approach to the Latin American country's biggest trade partner. Standing alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, Bolsonaro said he hoped the two countries could not only increase but also "diversify our trade relations." "China is becomin
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Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
From "be water" to "blossom everywhere", Hong Kong's black-clad pro-democracy protesters' tactics have evolved this week in their bid to overwhelm police by creating flashpoints in as many areas as possible. The campaign of massive disruption has seen small groups of protesters emerge all across the city of 7.5 million people from Monday to block intersections, vandalise shops, clash with po
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Hannover, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2019
Headwall BVBA, Belgium and geo-konzept of Germany announced at Agritechnica 2019 the formation of a Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe (CHRSE). Agritechnica is the world's largest trade fair for agricultural technology and geo-konzept is an Agritechnica exhibitor at Hall 15 / Stand J20. The Headwall CHRSE will be located at geo-konzept's headquarters in Adelschlag, Germany. The
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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2019
The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit will take place Feb. 18-27, 2020, at Satsop Business Park west of Olympia, Washington. In the SubT Challenge, teams deploy autonomous ground and aerial systems to attempt to map, identify, and report artifacts along two competition courses. The artifacts represent items a first responder or service member may encounter in underground environm
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Washington (UPI) Nov 13, 2019
Clark Construction Group has been awarded a $570 million for a multiyear construction project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity in Bethesda, Md. The Bethesda-based construction firm will construct a new addition for inpatient and outpatient medical care, renovate two buildings and tear down six others at the hospital, according to the Department o
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Ottawa (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Canada's spy agencies are divided over whether or not to ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from fifth generation (5G) networks over security concerns, the Globe and Mail reported Wednesday. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) were tasked with conducting a cybersecurity review to evaluate the risks as well as the economic cos
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Berlin (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Germany's air force said Wednesday it had refused delivery of two Airbus A400M transport planes over technical faults, saying bolts holding the propellers on some already operational aircraft were loose. "The armed forces have decided not to accept two A400Ms due for delivery," the Luftwaffe (air force) said in a statement, adding that "our soldiers' safety in their daily use of the A400M ai
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[l] at 11/13/19 10:18pm
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Seven Yemeni soldiers were killed in a missile attack Wednesday in the central province of Marib held by the Saudi-led coalition, a medic and military official said. The strike on a Marib military base came after six people, among them four civilians, were killed in an attack last week on another base in the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha. The uptick in violence follows weeks of relative
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Baghdad (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Iraqi officials must ramp up their response to mass demonstrations demanding an overhaul of the political system, the UN representative in Baghdad told AFP in an exclusive interview Wednesday. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, who heads the UN's Iraq mission (UNAMI), said the country's authorities must "step up to the plate and make things happen". "They are elected by the people, they are acc
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Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Nov 14, 2019
The death toll from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip rose to 32 in three days after Palestinian officials said on Thursday six members of the same family had been killed. Triggered by the targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza, the two sides have been exchanging fire since Tuesday, and Israel's military said it has recorded more than 350 incoming rockets. The Israeli military has
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Brussels (Sputnik) Nov 12, 2019
The European Union member states adopted on Tuesday a joint defence project, aimed at strengthening their capacity of early missile threat warning and countering it. The Council of the European Union adopted on Tuesday an updated list of 13 joint defence projects, covering both biological defence, chemical defence, space and cybersecurity. This brings the total number of projects undertake
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Tehran (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
Iran accused European nations of hypocrisy on Tuesday for criticising its latest step back from a nuclear deal while failing to fulfil their commitments of relief from US sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani made no mention of a new report from the UN nuclear agency that reveals its inspectors detected uranium particles of man-made origin at an undeclared site in Iran. But Iran's envoy to
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Pyeongtaek , South Korea (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
Seoul's decision to terminate a key military intelligence sharing pact with Japan risks sending the "wrong message" to adversaries, the commander of US troops in South Korea said ahead of the deal's expiration next week. Seoul and Tokyo are both major US allies, democracies and market economies faced with an overbearing China and nuclear-armed North Korea. But their relationship continue
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Paris (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday lamented an "unprecedented crisis" in the global political system and urged new alliances to solve the world's problems, in a call backed by Chinese and EU leaders. Macron hosted some two dozen heads of state and government at a Peace Forum in Paris just days after he sent shockwaves through Western capitals by warning about the viability of multil
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Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will walk a diplomatic tightrope Wednesday when he hosts his Chinese counterpart, as he seeks to boost ties with Beijing and avoid upsetting key ally Donald Trump. Just weeks after his first official visit to China, Bolsonaro will hold talks with Xi Jinping in Brazil's capital Brasilia on the eve of a summit with their BRICS counterparts from Russia, India a
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Kyaukphyu, Myanmar (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Aung Gyi is forced to fish covertly under the shroud of night in western Myanmar waters as China bids to transform the strategically key region into a shipping and industrial hub, squeezing out locals who fear being left behind in the gold rush. Myanmar has declared Rakhine state, associated by many worldwide with the military's 2017 bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, open for busines but
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Beijing (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
Beijing is investigating a Taiwanese man on suspicion of engaging in activities that endanger national security, Chinese state media reported Wednesday - the third such case to come to light in three months. Shih Cheng-ping, a retired professor at the National Taiwan Normal University and chief economist for Chinese conglomerate Huaxia Group, disappeared after entering the mainland in Augus
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Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 12, 2019
In July, the Russian Defence Ministry lambasted American plans to use space as a theatre of war, condemning Washington for its refusal to engage in the Moscow-Beijing talks on the non-deployment of weapons in space. The US intelligence community (IC) plans to update its assessment of what it described as the space warfare capabilities of Russia and China, Bloomberg reports. The news
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Taipei (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
Taiwan is seeking the return of hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten funds linked to a controversial deal to buy French frigates over two decades ago, prosecutors said Tuesday. Taipei signed a $2.8 billion deal to buy six Lafayette-class frigates in 1991, a deal which strained French ties with China at the time and was later found tainted by up to $400 million in bribes. Taiwane
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Riyadh (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday condemned what it called its rival Iran's "deception" over its nuclear programme, after Tehran's decision to re-start atomic activities at one of its key sites. A cabinet session chaired by King Salman expressed its "denunciation of Iran's continued deception and delays in providing the required information on its nuclear programme to the IAEA (International Atom
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Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 11, 2019
SpaceX launched its second batch of 60 of Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday morning. An hour after the 9:56 a.m. launch, the company showed video of the satellites deploying successfully in orbit. The launch was the first time SpaceX has reused a fairing, or nose cone. The fairing for this mission previously covered th
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Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2019
On Monday, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to deliver 60 small satellites into orbit. The new batch of satellites will bring the Starlink constellation population to 120. As part of its satellite Internet operation, SpaceX plans to launch some 12,000 satellites over the next half-decade. SpaceX isn't the only company trying to build a satellite constellation capable of prov
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[l] at 11/13/19 1:03am
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 13, 2019
A group of Hong Kong activists have developed a homemade computer game that uses virtual reality to recreate what it is like to take part in pro-democracy protests sweeping the financial hub. Put together in less than a week, "Liberate Hong Kong" allows gamers to don a VR headset and dodge tear gas and rubber bullets during a nighttime clash in the district of Mongkok, a regular scene of bat
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Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2019
The U.S. Air Force has approved a retrofit to prevent cargo locks on an aerial refueling tanker from coming undone midflight, officials said Tuesday. Will Roper, the Air Force's top acquisition official, told Defense News he's confident the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker's malfunctioning cargo locks will be fixed within months. In September, after a flight where cargo loc
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Arlington, United States (AFP) Nov 12, 2019
Uighur activists said Tuesday they have documented nearly 500 camps and prisons run by China to detain members of the ethnic group, alleging that Beijing could be holding far more than the commonly cited figure of one million people. The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement, a Washington-based group that seeks independence for the mostly Muslim region known to China as Xinjiang, gave t
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Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2019
General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a $783 million contract for sustainment of the Navy's next-generation satellite communications system. The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, covers ground system sustainment of the Mobile User Objective System for the next decade, through 2029. MUOS uses a constellation of five satellites in global connectiv
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United Nations (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
North Korea on Monday accused the United States and South Korea of hostility that has prevented progress towards peace on the peninsula, in a speech to the United Nations. Addressing the UN General Assembly, North Korea's ambassador, Kim Song, highlighted how Pyongyang has not carried out tests of nuclear weapons or long-range missiles for more than 20 months - a moratorium often hailed by
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Vienna (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, it said in its latest report on the country's nuclear programme on Monday. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by AFP, also confirmed that Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment, in breach of a landmark 2015 deal with international powers. Britain, France, Ger
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Beijing (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
China on Monday accused Mike Pompeo of "outdated Cold War thinking" after the US Secretary of State warned against a Chinese threat to Western freedoms. Pompeo - who spoke in Germany on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - said the Chinese Communist Party "uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germ
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Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 12, 2019
In an effort to improve combat effectiveness, the US Air Force may embark on a new mission that would allow its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor aircraft to share information with the top-secret X-37B space plane. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein announced last week to attendees of the Air Force Association breakfast series that the service's efforts to improve the tra
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Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 11, 2019
Skyscrapers are rising rapidly around the world, continuously transforming city skylines. However, their repair and maintenance is becoming more and more difficult. So, who can safely perform the job? Will a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man help out? No, but Chinese researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have designed a promising altern
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Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2019
The U.S. Air Force announced plans to test a secure data link between its F-22 and F-35 stealth fighter planes without identifying the planes' locations. The first test, in December, is an element in the U.S. military's goal of a comprehensive Multi-Domain Command and Control network encompassing the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace domains.
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Paris (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
France, Germany, Britain and the European Union said Monday they are "extremely concerned" by Iran's decision to re-start nuclear activities at one of its key sites, in breach of a landmark 2015 deal with international powers. "The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom and the High Representative of the European Union are extremely concerned by the latest announcements
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Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2019
Over 500 troops will remain in Syria despite U.S. plans for a troop withdrawal, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said. In his first televised interview since assuming the chairman's position in September, Millet told ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday that the U.S. footprint in Syria will be reduced but the military objective of defeating the Islamic State remains the same.
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 11, 2019
China has successfully tracked and received data from the newly launched Earth observation satellite Gaofen-7, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station has received 616.6 GB of data with the highest transmission rate among civil Earth observation satellite data reception, according to the Aerospace Information Research Institute
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Beijing (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
China accused the US on Monday of using the United Nations to "meddle" in Tibet, as Washington intensifies its bid to prevent Beijing from handpicking the Dalai Lama's successor. Last week, Sam Brownback, the United States' ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said the US wanted the UN to take up the succession issue of the Tibetan spiritual leader. The choice of the
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Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
A Hong Kong police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook Monday while a man was set alight, during one of the most violent days of clashes seen since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. Protesters, who had already begun a city-wide day of action aimed at paralysing the international financial hub, reacted to the morning shooting by rampagin
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Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2019
Australia's newest destroyer, the NUSHIP Sydney, successfully completed its sea trials and is on schedule for delivery to the navy, the Royal Australian Defense Force announced. It is the third and final ship in the Air Warfare Destroyer series of Hobart-class vessels, designed and built by Raytheon Australia, ASC Shipbuilding and the Australian Defense Department as part of a consortiu
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Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2019
The U.S. State Department cleared the potential sale of 10 Chinook CH-47F military cargo helicopters to the United Arab Emirates. The sale, approved by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Nov. 7, is the 10th Foreign Military Sale request by the UAE since 2017, and could add $830.3 million to the approximately $10.5 billion in military equipment the UAE has already bought from the
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Washington (AFP) Nov 11, 2019
The World Bank announced Monday it was cutting back a vocational education project in China's Xinjiang province, even though an internal investigation did not back up claims the scheme was linked to the mistreatment of minority Muslim Uighurs. The World Bank launched a review of the program in late August after Foreign Policy magazine reported that a school that benefited from a tranche of t
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Tehran (AFP) Nov 9, 2019
Iran said Saturday it is now enriching uranium to five percent, after a series of steps back from its commitments under a troubled 2015 accord with major powers. The deal set a 3.67 percent limit for uranium enrichment but Iran announced it would no longer respect it after Washington unilaterally abandoned the agreement last year and reimposed crippling sanctions. "Based on our needs an
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Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran's treatment of an inspector with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation." The top US diplomat said Iran "detained" the inspector, who the International Atomic Energy Agency has said had been briefly prevented from leaving Iran. Iran said Thursday it had cancelled the inspe
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Bushehr, Iran (AFP) Nov 10, 2019
Tehran and Moscow inaugurated on Sunday a new phase of construction for a second reactor at Iran's sole nuclear power plant in Bushehr on the Gulf coast. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), and deputy chief of Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom, Alexander Lokshin, launched the new stage at a ceremony where concrete was poured for the reactor base. The re
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Athens (AFP) Nov 10, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Athens on Sunday, for a three-day visit looking at "a deeper cooperation with Greece in all sectors". Xi is expected to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the two countries are due to sign cooperation documents on education, shipping and energy. "It is our duty to steadily upgrade our cooperation in
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Wright-Patterson AFB OH (SPX) Nov 11, 2019
The Air Force Research Laboratory demonstrated a new and ultra-responsive approach to turbine engine development with the initial testing of the Responsive Open Source Engine (ROSE) on Nov. 6, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Aerospace Systems Directorate's ROSE is the first turbine engine designed, assembled, and tested exclusively in-house. The entire effort, from concept in
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Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2019
US President Donald Trump will host NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Washington at a time of severe strain within the Atlantic alliance, the White House announced Saturday. The two leaders will discuss NATO allies' "progress on increasing defense spending and ensuring more equitable burden-sharing," the White House statement said. Trump has been a frequent critic of alliance members, nota
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Orlando FL (UPI) Nov 08, 2019
New players in Florida's rapidly expanding aerospace industry came together Wednesday in a funding competition that included innovative ideas ranging from space debris detection to a specialized antennas for small satellites. "We believe this is one of very few events like this in the U.S. where new companies focused on aerospace compete for investment," said Frank DiBello, president and C
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Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 08, 2019
Growing from its participation in the European DOMUS project, and designed to come up with a response to the growing number of civil unmanned aircrafts likely to be sharing the airspace in the near future, the technology multinational GMV has developed the U-Space suite dronelocus , which integrates a Tracking Service and an Emergency Management Service. U-Space is the set of new services
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Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2019
Strong and reliable communication is a key part of the space industry. From the signals that make global satellite navigation work to the data we collect from Earth-monitoring missions, space telescopes, human spaceflight and planetary exploration, everything has to be transferred and stored securely - including the news in ESA's website. And these data must be available to those who need
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[l] at 11/10/19 12:49pm
Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 08, 2019
In the basement of the Materials and Structures Laboratory at NASA's Glenn Research Center, a shining machine stands so tall it punches a hole through the drop-out ceiling tiles. It has a robust composition of steel pillars and thick metal plates surrounded by wires, dials and knobs. Together, these provide the structure to test a very slight metal rod, no longer than six inches. It seems
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Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2019
The allegations of spying by former Twitter employees for Saudi Arabia underscore the risks for Silicon Valley firms holding sensitive data which make the platforms ripe for espionage. The two Saudis and one US citizen allegedly worked together to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of the Riyadh government and royal family, according to a federal indictm
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London (AFP) Nov 10, 2019
Britain's top military adviser accused Russia on Sunday of "reckless" behaviour that violated international norms and risked sparking a war. Chief of Defence Staff General Nick Carter said Moscow was operating in a "grey zone" that weaponised information and used unattributable proxies in conflicts. He pointed to covert operations by the Wagner Group - a private army the Kremlin denies
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London (AFP) Nov 6, 2019
A group of British MPs has warned of "alarming evidence" that China is trying to influence activities at UK universities and urged the Foreign Office to act on the issue. Parliament's watchdog foreign affairs committee also said, in a report released Tuesday, that universities in Britain should consider "potential risks to academic freedom" when going into overseas partnerships. Britain
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Beirut (AFP) Nov 10, 2019
Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia on Sunday killed seven civilians, including three children, in an anti-government bastion in northwestern Syria, a war monitor reported. Eight others were wounded in the raids and some of them are in a "critical" condition, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor. The air strikes - the
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Baghdad (AFP) Nov 10, 2019
Iraqi anti-government protesters clashed with security forces leaving dozens wounded Sunday, as a rights group warned a deadly crackdown could spiral into a "bloodbath". Mass rallies calling for an overhaul of the ruling system have rocked the capital Baghdad and the Shiite-majority south since early October, but political forces closed ranks this week to defend the government. The conse
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Washington DC (UPI) Nov 07, 2019
Members of the U.S. Air Force used the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, referred to as ATHENA, to shoot down a variety of drones in a Lockheed Martin demonstration of the technology. In the latest test of the ground-portable laser weapon system, Airmen engaged and shot down multiple fixed wing and rotary drones at a government test range in Fort Sill, Okla., Lockheed said on Thursday. /
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Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Nov 07, 2019
The 45th Space Wing supported the Pegasus ICON rocket launch on Nov. 7, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Skid Strip. Skid Strip? That's quite different than a standard launch from the Cape - don't rockets launch from pads? The skid strip, a smaller flight line on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, served as the acting "launch pad" for an L-1011 aircraft as it took flight and air-l

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